1. Zötler Restaurant - Leninsky Projekit 3 –Bavarian restaruant with their own Zötler –beer http://www.zoetler.ru/
2. Hmel – Pobedy Square – 10 , Clover Mall – restaurant with their own brewery https://www.facebook.com/restoranhmel
3. Restaurant- ölbryggeri Pivobar http://www.pivovar-kld.ru/restaurant/
Alexander Nevskogo Str 137b , pub and Tjeckian restaurant
Marshala Borzova Str 93a – on the way from the airport, with a giant jug on the outside.
4. Reduit – Litovskij val, 27,, by Royal Gates, bar on groundfloor with their own beer
5. Beer Ponart –brewery in the southern Ponarth, ul. SUDOSTROITELNAYA, d. 4. beershop and probably a pub
6. Kropotkin –pub and restaruant – Ul Teatralnaja 30 by mall Europa,
7. Herkules beer garden - Prospekt Mira 105 (where the tram turns back) –own brewery with Austrian recepice, also restaruant http://www.lightcity39.ru/en/projects/detail.php?ID=12605
8. Brittanica – Gorky str 2 –not their own beer but a great selection on tap http://www.pubkaliningrad.ru/britannika-na-gorkogo.html
9. Wrangel Tower ¬ -not their own beer but beer on tap in a very cosy old environment http://www.thg.ru/howto/kaliningrad_beer/kaliningrad_beer_screenshots_9_1.html
Beautiful harbour with some impressive old harbour buildings as well as some equallly impressive old factory buildings in beautful brick stone style. As a contrary the riverside area downtown is not at all attractive (apart from the island where Königberg Dome is situated),
A magnificent cathedral lying on a small island of the river, badly destroyed by WW2 bombings.. Recently being rebuilt. On that small island is just the cathedral and Kant´s grave but the surroundings are weird and ugly, like a Sovjetian suburb with high rise residential postwar buidlings.
Try to sheltrer this and enjoy this magnificent piece of architecture!
It´s so nice here. Green and beautiful, lively with ladies seeling stuff on the sidewalks, kvass-vagon and a lovely outdoor restaurant with a very cosy indoor (Britannica). You can hang a long for a long time here!
The real architechtural gem., A long street filled with old german building in an amzing variety of styles. A couple of restaruants on the way, Tree-lines as all streets in this part of the city. Just lovely to stroll! Also a small but interesting Russian Orthodox Church.
Royal gate - оne of seven kept оld city gates of Kaliningrad.
In 2005 the Royal gate were a symbol of celebrating of the 750 anniversary of Kaliningrad. Since the same year a gate are branch of the Museum of the World ocean. In them the exposition, devoted to visiting Кёнигсберга Great Peter's I embassy is located.
As well as other gates of Konigsberg , the Royal gate have been built in gothic style, but in the Royal gate style is expressed most brightly. A material of a gate - a brick. The author of the project of a gate - general Ernest Ludwig.
The first circle of a gate is decorated by three portals, the second - three niches in which bas-reliefs of king of Czechia Ottokar II (at the left) are established, king of Prussia Fridrch I (in the middle) and duke of Prussia Albrecht I (on the right). Under figures their patrimonial arms are placed. Above niches the arms of the Prussian grounds.
One would imagine that if so many people wait for such a long time a clever business man would open a restaurant or cafe at the border post. Nothing of that kind. There was no bathroom, nothing to be purchased and else it was a rather sad look area. Run down buildings with the dust blowing in ones face - Welcome to Russia :-)
There were plenty of petrol stations along the way - though before entering Russia I was told that I should fill up the car in Poland, since apparantly fuel quality in Russia was not en-par with the European Union.
I only passed through here - due to the long wait at the border my sightseeing was cut short to the minimum. Even though I had hoped to catch a glimpse of old Koenigsberg I only passed the outskirts of the city. The city is home to some 500.000 people and has a long history. The glory days were when Koenigsberg was part of the Hanseatic League. During World War II the city was almost completley destroyed and later annexed by the Soviet Union who named it Kaliningrad in 1946 to honour the Soviet leader Kalinin.
The main roads through Kaliningrad were quiet alright. After passing the town of Kaliningrad a highway went towards the border.
Yet I battled with road signage since all was in cyrillic lettering and at times no signage was found at all, leaving me guessing into which direction I had to travel. Needless to say that I got lost twice - and a friendly policeman sent me into the wrong direction,.
The towns look pretty grey. Very few colourfull shops or advertisment, the standard buildings that one could find in the Soviet Union. A huge difference to the countries surrounding Kaliningrad - since it is cut off from mainland Russia and surrounded by two European Union countries - Poland and Lithuania.
In every town and sometimes the smallest villages massive Soviet monuments could be seen. It is astonishing to compare the run down buildings, the ruins and then in comparison huge monuments that honour the war, Lenin and other communistic figures.
This church was directly next to the border control - hence I had to be carefull in taking pictures. This was just one of the few ruins that I could see travelling through the enclave. Relicts of the Second World War - and till today left untouched. I believe some former German buildings of the old Koenigsberg have been restored, but the country side it looked like if the war had just ended.
The architects in the old Soviet Union left the same mark all over the Eastern Block. Standard buildings that provided minimum of comfort and could house as many people as possible. Many of the cities in Kaliningrad offer the same sites of the old Soviet style housing scheme.
This picture I took at the border post leaving Kaliningrad to enter Lithuania. 35 cars took around 6 hours to reach the border control, with some 150 cars being behind me.
With the appropriate bribe one could by a place in the front of the line - though during my wait I only saw Russian cars paying the border guards.